According to Mercer’s 2018 Global Talent Trends Study, 58 percent of the C-suite executives surveyed in China feel that over one-fifth of the roles in their organizations will cease to exist in the next five years. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is ideas-based and leverages technologyto further automate processes and augment human capability.
Mercer’s Thriving in an Age of Disruptionstudy also found that thriving organizations reinvent themselves, are agile and resistant, and have a positive impact on society. They also treat talent as an asset to invest in, “not simply [as] a business cost.”
A company’s ability to reinvent itself will be key to thriving in the future of work. In fact, according to the 2018 Global Talent Trends Study, organizational redesign is a priority for executives. One hundred percent of the companies surveyed in China are planning a redesign in the next two years. And yet, only 14 percent of those executives in China consider their organizations “change agile.”
If key stakeholders in the business still question the importance of being change agile, remind them that it matters what employees want. In Growth Economies, we argue that “talented individuals are drawn to organizations that continually refresh their systems and processes as well as their strategic initiatives in order to delight customers and outwit competitors. Great companies know that by being agile they can stay in play for many years.”
Thriving in an Age of Disruption explains the five components of an effective people strategy:
Exhibit: Five Components of an Effective People Strategy
Source: Thriving in an Age of Disruption
It is essential to address both the businesses strategy as well as the people strategy in an emerging market. We have four recommendations for an effective people strategy:
JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant is famous for using big data and artificial intelligence to expedite delivery and improve services. What is lesser-known, perhaps, is how JD.com is applying the same data-driven decision-making in performance management of its more than 150,000 workforce.
UOB, an Asian bank is another organization that is future-focused. By leveraging employee interest and creativity through their 2020 Ideas Contest, employees are encouraged to come up with innovative solutions for the banking industry. This contest also ensures that employees are digital-ready and will be competitive in the future of work.
It is always challenging to build up a talent pipeline—and even more so in an emerging market. This is why businesses will need to develop a “platform” approach to talent, wherein people are sourced, upskilled and deployed at scale and at speed. Achieving this vision requires a fundamental shift in how we source and deploy talent and a rethink of our mental models of who owns talent, what talent can do, and who drives talent insights and decision-making.
What is essential is that employees feel valued and that they trust the organization. Give employees chances to experiment and even to fail. The more technology and data is infused into the workplace, the greater the premium on unique human skills and traits such as empathy.
A version of this article first appeared here.
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